Where are you working? IKEA Brno Czech Republic
What position do you work in? Interior Design Manager
How did you start at IKEA and what roles have you held up to now?
I am originally from Moldova and I started working at IKEA at the end of August 2018, I have been working here for 3 and a half years. I started as an interior designer and it was actually my first job in the Czech Republic, where I started using my knowledge from my architecture studies. The Czech language was a challenge for me at the beginning, but all my colleagues were open, friendly and helped me integrate into the processes more quickly and improve my Czech language. Thanks to IKEA, I had the opportunity to work with other IKEA stores, e.g. in Prague or London. Step by step, after more than two years, I moved to the position of Interior Design Manager. I’ve been supporting my team for a year now, trying to inspire them to grow in their competencies and take their strengths to a higher level.
Why did you want to work at IKEA?
First of all, I’m a big fan of Scandinavian design. Honestly, IKEA Brno was the first IKEA store I visited and it was amazing.
I discovered incredible inspiration and solutions here that make people’s lives easier. Each space here is distinctive and has a deeper meaning and a story to tell through details that create a closer connection with customers.
Also, regarding the culture within the company, I like that people are very friendly, willing to help and react together to changes.
What responsibilities or tasks inspire you the most in your current role?
I enjoy leading a multicultural team in the field of interior design, inspiring them and creating challenges for their development in the team. I really enjoy helping them fulfill their work potential, develop their competencies and at the end of the day you can see how proud they are of the work they have done.
What advice would you give to someone considering a similar job?
In this day and age, when we can’t predict what will affect our daily lives, be part of teams, you can react much better to changes and inspire each other to live better and smarter at home. If you have a passion for home design and want to create a better way of living and inspire others, don’t hesitate to give it a try!
What do you like most about IKEA’s culture and values?
IKEA gives everyone a chance to be different and unique, not to be afraid of mistakes and learn from them, while working in a competent team where everyone helps and supports each other, and it doesn’t matter where you are from. IKEA values allow everyone to be themselves.
What is your favorite IKEA product?
I have several favorite IKEA products, but I will choose the KNIXHULT table lamp, made by hand from bamboo. This product is just one example of how IKEA cares for the planet and reflects this in its products – not only with a clear Scandinavian design aesthetic, but also with elements of sustainability – renewable, recyclable and durable. Also, natural materials can easily create a cozy and warm atmosphere and bring a corner of nature into the home.